What is STOP Ransomware

If unexpectedly the names of your files changed, .mzlq, .koti, .sqpc or .mpal are added at the end of their name, and the files themselves stopped opening, this means that your computer is infected with the file-encryption virus called STOP Ransomware. Using a strong hybrid encryption system and a unique key, this virus encrypts all files located on the infected computer. Each encrypted file receives new extensions: .mzlq, .koti, .sqpc or .mpal. To encrypt data, the parasite uses a combination of AES and RSA algorithms. New versions appear almost every week, although they all show their activity according to the same template. Even if you delete the new extension or completely rename the file, it will not help restore access to its contents. Only the key and decryptor that the authors of the STOP Ransomware have can decrypt the files. Fortunately for the victims of this virus, a free decryptor was created, which in some cases can help decrypt affected files. After encryption malware places special text file with instructions to pay the ransom (ransom note), called _readme.txt in each folder.

STOP Ransomware (.mzlq, .koti, .sqpc or .mpal extensions)
ATTENTION!
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To determine which key to use for encryption, STOP Ransomware tries to establish a network connection with its command server. The virus sends information about the infected computer to the server and receives the encryption key from it. In addition, the command server can pass additional commands and modules to the virus that will be executed on the victim’s computer. If the data exchange with the command server was successful, the virus uses the received encryption key (online key). This key is unique for each infected computer. If STOP virus was unable to establish a connection with its server, a fixed key (offline key) will be used to encrypt files. This key is the same for all infected computers. Moreover, this key can be determined, which gives hope to victims of the virus, in some cases, to decrypt files affected by the virus. If Windows system functionality is helpless in your case, we can recommend file-recovery software. The experience shows, that this can be a workaround, that helps to return the information, at least partially. Stellar Data Recovery Professional is one of the best file-recovery tools and, if used properly, may recover copies and duplicates of encrypted files, that were removed prior to infection. The only option for a successful 100% recovery is using existing backups. Implement following instructions to remove STOP Ransomware safely and decrypt .mzlq, .koti, .sqpc or .mpal files for free in Windows 10, 8, 7.

  1. Download STOP Ransomware Removal Tool
  2. Get decryption tool for .mzlq, .koti, .sqpc or .mpal files
  3. Recover encrypted files with Stellar Data Recovery Professional
  4. Restore encrypted files with Windows Previous Versions
  5. Restore files with Shadow Explorer
  6. How to protect from threats like STOP Ransomware

How STOP Ransomware infected your PC

Malicious software created using the STOP virus gets four files when it enters a computer. One of them provokes the appearance of a fake message about Windows system updates. In this way, it lulls the user’s alertness. Cybercriminals do not name the cost of decryption, but promise to make a discount if the user in the near future turns to them for help.

fake windows update from STOP Ransomware

It uses rdpclip.exe to replace a legal Windows file and to launch an attack on a computer network. After encrypting the files, the encrypter is deleted using the delself.bat command file. STOP Ransomware virus is propagated via spam attack with malicious e-mail attachments and using manual PC hacking. It can be distributed by hacking through an unprotected RDP configuration, fraudulent downloads, exploits, web injections, fake updates, repackaged and infected installers. Virus assigns certain ID with the victims, that is used to name those files and supposedly to send decryption key. Great tools to protect against STOP Ransomware are: Emsisoft Anti-Malware and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

Download STOP Ransomware Removal Tool

Download Removal Tool

To remove STOP Ransomware completely, we recommend you to use WiperSoft AntiSpyware from WiperSoft. It detects and removes all files, folders and registry keys of STOP Ransomware and prevents future infections by similar viruses.

Alternative Removal Tool

Download SpyHunter 5

To remove STOP Ransomware completely, we recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 from EnigmaSoft Limited. It detects and removes all files, folders and registry keys of STOP Ransomware. The trial version of SpyHunter 5 offers virus scan and 1-time removal for FREE.

How to remove STOP Ransomware manually

It is not recommended to remove STOP Ransomware manually, for safer solution use Removal Tools instead.

STOP Ransomware files:

_readme.txt
rdpclip.exe
delself.bat
{randomname}.exe

STOP Ransomware registry keys:

no information

How to decrypt and restore .mzlq, .koti, .sqpc or .mpal files

Use automated decryptors

Download STOP Djvu Decryptor from EmsiSoft (.mzlq, .koti, .sqpc or .mpal variations)

IMPORTANT: Read this detailed guide on using STOP Djvu Decryptor to avoid file corruption and time wasting.

STOP djvu ransomware decryptor from emsisoft

STOP Djvu Decryptor is able to decrypt .mzlq, .koti, .sqpc or .mpal files, encrypted by STOP Ransomware. This tool was developed by EmsiSoft. It works in automatic mode, but in most cases works only for files encrypted with offline keys. Download it here:

Dr.Web Rescue Pack

Famous antivirus vendor Dr. Web provides free decryption service for the owners of its products: Dr.Web Security Space or Dr.Web Enterprise Security Suite. Other users can ask for help in the decryption of .mzlq, .koti, .sqpc or .mpal files by uploading samples to Dr. Web Ransomware Decryption Service. Analyzing of files will be performed free of charge and if files are decryptable, all you need to do is purchase 2-year license of Dr.Web Security Space worth $120 or less. Otherwise, you don’t have to pay.

If you are infected with STOP Ransomware and removed it from your computer, you can try decrypting your files. Antivirus vendors and individuals create free decryptors for some crypto-lockers. To attempt to decrypt them manually you can do the following:

Use Stellar Data Recovery Professional to restore .mzlq, .koti, .sqpc or .mpal files

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  1. Download Stellar Data Recovery Professional.
  2. Click Recover Data button.
  3. Select type of files you want to restore and click Next button.
  4. Choose location where you would like to restore files from and click Scan button.
  5. Preview found files, choose ones you will restore and click Recover.
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Using Windows Previous Versions option:

  1. Right-click on infected file and choose Properties.
  2. Select Previous Versions tab.
  3. Choose particular version of the file and click Copy.
  4. To restore the selected file and replace the existing one, click on the Restore button.
  5. In case there is no items in the list choose alternative method.

Using Shadow Explorer:

  1. Download Shadow Explorer program.
  2. Run it and you will see screen listing of all the drives and the dates that shadow copy was created.
  3. Select the drive and date that you want to restore from.
  4. Right-click on a folder name and select Export.
  5. In case there are no other dates in the list, choose alternative method.

If you are using Dropbox:

  1. Login to the DropBox website and go to the folder that contains encrypted files.
  2. Right-click on the encrypted file and select Previous Versions.
  3. Select the version of the file you wish to restore and click on the Restore button.

How to protect computer from viruses like STOP Ransomware in future

1. Get special anti-ransomware software

Use BitDefender Anti-Ransomware

bitdefender anti-ransomware

Famous antivirus vendor BitDefender released a free tool, that will help you with active anti-ransomware protection, as an additional shield to your current protection. It will not conflict with bigger security applications. If you are searching complete internet security solution consider upgrading to full version of BitDefender Internet Security 2018.

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2. Back up your files

idrive backup

As an additional way to save your files, we recommend online backup. Local storages, such as hard drives, SSDs, flash drives or remote network storages can be instantly infected by the virus once plugged in or connected to. STOP Ransomware uses some techniques to exploit this. One of the best services and programs for easy automatic online backup is iDrive. It has the most profitable terms and simple interface. You can read more about iDrive cloud backup and storage here.

3. Do not open spam e-mails and protect your mailbox

mailwasher pro

Malicious attachments to spam or phishing e-mails are the most popular method of ransomware distribution. Using spam filters and creating anti-spam rules is good practice. One of the world leaders in anti-spam protection is MailWasher Pro. It works with various desktop applications and provides a very high level of anti-spam protection.

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